European Jewish Congress

European Jewish Congress

Goals

  1. To foster the unity of the Jewish people, strive for the fulfilment of its aspirations and ensure the continuity and development of its religious, spiritual, cultural and social heritage
  2. To combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism and xenophobia through education, justice and security, in cooperation with national governments and European institutions
  3. To monitor legislative initiatives that can threaten Jewish life and traditions on European and national levels and take immediate actions to protect Jewish interests
  4. To promote a balanced European policy towards Israel, to defend its image, which is continuously vilified by dangerous propaganda, and to assist in the construction of a healthy dialogue between Europeans and Israelis
  5. To enhance inter-religious dialogue and understanding

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) is the democratically-elected organization representing 42 national Jewish communities in Europe, encompassing approximately 2.5 million Jews. Its main office is located in Brussels. The EJC was founded in 1986.

The President of the European Jewish Congress since 2007 is Moshe Kantor. He has been re-elected in December 2008 and in November 2012.

The primary mission of the EJC, which is deeply involved in the integration processes in Europe, is to promote European democracy based on good relations between neighbours, mutual understanding and tolerance.

The EJC maintains close cooperation with European governments, leading international institutions and European integration associations, including the United Nations, European Union, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The EJC has a participatory status with the Council of Europe.

The EJC’s goal is to address the most pressing issues faced by today’s world, i.e. protecting human rights, fighting xenophobia and anti-Semitism, promoting interfaith dialogue, implementing cultural and educational programmes, and remembering the Holocaust and other tragedies that claimed millions of human lives throughout the world.       

Another important issue on the EJC’s agenda is preventing one of today’s most dangerous threats, that of nuclear terrorism. The EJC was a co-organiser of the International Conference on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe, which took place in Luxembourg this May and brought together a unique team of more than 50 experts in nuclear non-proliferation from 14 countries, led by Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohammed ElBaradei. Taking into account the number and calibre of participants, the conference was the largest and most authoritative gathering to discuss issues of nuclear safety within the past decade.